For everyone excited to see the new Outlander season 3 episode 12 ratings, the wait is over — CarterMatt has some news that is going to make fans very happy.
Sunday night’s new episode “The Bakra” continued along the recent trend of rising ratings, giving the show 1.51 million live+same-day viewers in total. This marks the best ratings for the series since the November 5 episode “First Wife,” which were in turn the second-best of the season so far. This total of 1.51 million is perfectly in line with the show’s season 3 overall average, and it also matches our expectations detailed over the weekend in our ratings preview piece.
So what do these ratings mean in terms of the upcoming season 3 finale? Well, they give Outlander a better chance of potentially beating or matching the previous series record of 1.72 million for “A. Malcolm.” While there is certainly no guarantee that this will happen the show’s got a chance of pulling it off now. Ratings tend to rise for finales of just about every show, and with this show in particular big episodes seem to get a bump from the casual-viewer crowd who often puts the show on the DVR for later in the week. Knowing that there are no more episodes between the finale and season 4 in fall 2018 (if we’re lucky) is a pretty good incentive to want to check the show out live on Starz. You don’t want anyone to spoil the episode for you, and even book readers are learning that there are some changes that make the show a little bit different from the source material.
The one issue in making ratings predictions this time of year (we’ll probably touch more on this over the weekend) is that there are so many holiday distractions for people that take them away from their regularly scheduled programming.
Where the renewal stands
For now, remember that Outlander already has a season 4, and these ratings should help Starz determine whether or not they want to make a season 5 renewal official. We’ve heard that there are discussions on that subject, but there’s a pretty clear difference between discussions and reality. We do think that it will happen by the late winter / early spring at the earliest — remember that Outlander is generating on average more than 5 million viewers a week, and we may learn with advanced metrics later this year that the viewership is actually larger than that.
In terms of a season 5, there is currently nothing to worry about. Tough as it is, remember that patience is key.
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